Book Review by Amy Ione: Consecrating Science: Wonder, Knowledge, and the Natural World

Reviewed by Amy Ione, March 2018

The title of Lisa Sideris’ book, Consecrating Science: Wonder, Knowledge, and the Natural World, made me wonder: Would this consecration expose me to something wondrous? While I don’t think the word wondrous quite fits my response, the book is a rewarding read. Sideris, a talented writer, introduces pointed questions to guide her study. I was particularly impressed with her nuanced evaluation of the new cosmologies that claim to bring science and spirituality together. In addition, the author’s erudite discussion stands out as a refreshing example of why the kind of critical thinking encouraged by the humanities has value.

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Carolyn Merchant on her new book: Autonomous Nature

In this interview Carolyn Merchant talks about her new book, Autonomous Nature: Problems of Prediction and Control from Ancient Times to the Scientific Revolution.

In this interview Carolyn Merchant talks about her new book, Autonomous Nature: Problems of Prediction and Control from Ancient Times to the Scientific Revolution. The book  investigates the history of nature as an active, often unruly force in tension with nature as a rational, logical order from ancient times to the Scientific Revolution of the seventeenth century.